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Decision on Bike Setups Made

Dave left for Canada this week and will return with the recumbent he plans to take on the trip. In the meantime Tom, Katie and myslef have made our final decicions on our initial bike setups.

We have been working closely with Jakub Postrzygacz whom Katie and I met on our last trip back to NZ in Jan 2008. He has been integral in helping us by explaining the different options and will also be building and shipping the bikes to us here in South Korea.

The two most notable differences are of course the frame Surly Long Haul Trucker

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and Magura HS33 Full hydraulic rim brake system.

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While cost is a big factor in our choices we felt that going with the Magura system would be less maintentce intensive when compared to standard V-brake systems. Of course there is the issue that they are hydraulic, but I have been assured that short of cutting the cabling with a machete they are virtually indestructible.

Here is a complete list of parts for our bike setups

Frame:
Surly Long Haul Trucker
Rim front: Salsa Gordo
Rim back: Salsa Gordo
Hub front: Deore Deore XT
Hub back: Deore LX Deore XT
Spokes: DT Champion
Crankset: Deore XT Octa
Front: Derailleur Deore XT
Rear Derailleur: Deore XT
Shifters: Deore LX
Chain: XTR
Cassete: Deore LX
Brakes: Magura HS33
Brake: Levers Magura HS33
Headset: FSA Orbit X
Seatpost: Outland
Stem: Adjustable
Handlebars: Riser bar
Bar ends: BBB
Saddle: Brooks B17 (already own these)
Handlebar grips: Specialized Ergo
Tubes: Kenda
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon XR
Cables & Misc

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